Ellis poised for return after 10 month lay off

England scrum-half Harry Ellis could make his comeback on Saturday after 10 months out with a knee injury, an agonising setback which cost him a place at the World Cup.

The 25-year-old Leicester man hasn’t played since rupturing his left anterior cruciate ligament last May, but he came through 40 minutes of a reserve match this week and may make the bench for Saturday’s Premiership game against Leeds.

“He’s getting close,” Leicester coach Marcelo Loffreda told BBC Radio Leicester.

“He’s encouraged by being with the team, he’s having more sessions and he will be back in not a long time.” Ellis, one of England’s key players in last year’s Six Nations, suffered the injury in last season’s Premiership semi-final against Bristol.

He missed the World Cup, with Bristol’s Shaun Perry and then Harlequins scrum-half Andy Gomarsall taking the number nine jersey in France.

Sapa-AFP – Rugbyweek.com   

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